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Works: 15,411 works in 35,499 publications in 36 languages and 439,855 library holdings
Genres: Utopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Trials, litigation, etc  History  Fiction  Biography  Study guides  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
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Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
The republic by Plato( Book )

1,176 editions published between 1551 and 2019 in 23 languages and held by 15,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dialogue attempting to apply Plato's principles of philosophy to political affairs and discusses his vision of an ideal state
Symposium by Plato( )

695 editions published between 1556 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 10,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests each deliver a short speech in praise of love
Protagoras by Plato( Book )

395 editions published between 1736 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 7,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to its interest as one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, the Protagoras presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of man were subjected on the one hand to the criticism of the Sophists and on the other to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the g
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

653 editions published between 1553 and 2018 in 21 languages and held by 6,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato
Gorgias by Plato( )

226 editions published between 1541 and 2018 in 14 languages and held by 6,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to be won from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment. In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( Book )

503 editions published between 1541 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 5,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a well-known saying that the whole of Western Philosophy is footnotes of Plato. This is because his writings have set the schema that philosophy can be said to have followed ever since. Following the teachings of Socrates, Plato's works are among the world's greatest literature. The Apology is the speech made by Socrates in his own defence at his trail, and his justification for his life
Phaedrus by Plato( )

125 editions published between 1810 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 5,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
The dialogues of Plato by Plato( )

128 editions published between 1823 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 5,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meno by Plato( )

190 editions published between 1535 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About G.M.A Grube's translations of Plato: ""Unmistakably superior: more lucid, more accurate, more readable. Above all, they're lucidly adorned, unpretentious, and in translating Plato that counts a good deal. The prose is, as English prose, persuasive, cogent, and as eloquent as it can be without departing from the text. --William Arrowsmith
The laws of Plato by Plato( Book )

227 editions published between 1814 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 3,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of Plato's dialogues, distinguished from his earlier works by its more practical treatment of political problems. Though criticized in some detail by Aristotle in the "Politics", it undoubtedly exercised a profound influence upon his thought, and through him upon subsequent political theory
Statesman by Plato( )

62 editions published between 1925 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 3,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In its presentation of the statesman's expertise, the Statesman modifies, as well as defending in original ways, this central theme of the Republic. This new translation is based on the revised Oxford Text of Plato and makes accessible the dialogue to students of political thought in clear and contemporary language
Timaeus by Plato( )

73 editions published between 1617 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 3,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
Theaetetus by Plato( )

99 editions published between 1577 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 2,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Parmenides by Plato( )

65 editions published between 1774 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 2,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dialogue in which old Parmenides advises the youthful Socrates to argue by the Zenonian method. This is one of Plato's dialectical dialogues"--Provided by publisher
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

27 editions published between 1865 and 2010 in English and German and held by 2,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
Sophist by Plato( )

40 editions published between 1856 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A standing protest against the error of marring the finely-graduated lineaments of truth, thus destroying the vitality of thought. This is one of Plato's dialectical dialogues"--Provided by publisher
Critias by Platón( )

19 editions published between 1925 and 2018 in English and French and held by 2,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unfinished fragment. This dialogue was to have been part of a planned trilogy in which Plato intended to depict the ideal state described in the Republic"--Provided by publisher
Laches by Platón( )

55 editions published between 1736 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lysis by Plato( )

17 editions published between 1551 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Socrates, Lysis, and Menexenus try to define friendship. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance"--Provided by publisher
The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

153 editions published between 1808 and 2018 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model for the ideal state includes discussions of the nature and application of justice, the role of the philosopher in society, the goals of education, and the effects of art upon character
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Plato's Parmenides
SymposiumProtagorasPhaedoGorgiasThe Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of PlatoPhaedrusThe dialogues of PlatoMeno